Leicester City owner's helicopter crashes in fireball at stadium
A helicopter belonging to the owner of Leicester City has crashed outside the club's stadium following the Premier League game with West Ham tonight.
Photos showed a huge fireball, while witnesses told Sky Sports News the helicopter took off from the pitch but lost control within a few seconds and crashed into car park E – the club's staff car park which is about 200 yards from the stadium.
Sky Sports News reporter Rob Dorsett said: "Apparently some problem with the tail fin meant it span and crashed into the car park."
It is not clear who was on board or their conditions.
We are dealing with an incident in the vicinity of the King Power Stadium. Emergency services are aware and dealing.— LeicestershirePolice (@leicspolice) October 27, 2018
Police said: "We are dealing with an incident in the vicinity of the King Power Stadium. Emergency services are aware and dealing."
Leicester chairman and owner Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha was at the helm when the club shocked the football world by winning the 2015-16 Premier League title.
After every home game about 20 dignitaries are taken away from the stadium in the helicopter.
The crash happened more than an hour after the game finished following a 5.30pm kick-off in which Leicester City drew 1-1 with West Ham.
Leicester City fan John Butcher told Sky Sports News: "We were facing the ground from the bar across the road, I was with my nephew, we saw the helicopter spinning and it crashed within seconds then burst into flames.
"Our hearts go out to whoever was onboard."
The Leicester helicopter just as it took off, minutes before the crash; footage as broadcast on BT Sport. Still no confirmation who was aboard.pic.twitter.com/GHlruA1qJt— Nick Harris (@sportingintel) October 27, 2018
Photographer Ryan Brown was an eyewitness to the crash. He told BBC Radio 5Live: "I had just been covering the game as I do most days. I heard the helicopter take off in the stadium, which is a regular occurrence at every Leicester City home game. I thought to myself how nice that would be to have a helicopter and be home within a few minutes, and then literally the engine stopped. I turned around and it made a little bit of a whirring noise, a grinding noise and then it fell silent.
"I turned round and it was spinning out of control. The blades had stopped – it was spinning and there was a big bang and then a big fireball. Lots of people started running towards the scene, likewise myself, and as I came around the corner there was just a huge fireball.
"It crashed literally near the stadium. It just cleared the stadium roof-line and landed in an industrial park next to the stadium.
By the looks of it, it crashed just straight into the ground."
Helicopter crash looks horrendous. Not sure yet if any, or how many casualties. Thoughts with everyone concerned. https://t.co/wtQ8jGMuUE— Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) October 27, 2018